HARRISONBURG, Va., June 9, 2011 – Three James Madison softball players were named to the 2011 University Division All-State Squad on Thursday as announced by the Virginia Sports Information Directors Association (VaSID).
Junior shortstop Ashley Burnham (Danvers, Mass./Danvers) and sophomore center fielder Jasmine Butler (Winter Garden, Fla./West Orange) were named All-State for the second consecutive year as both were named to the First Team while freshman third baseman Caitlin Sandy (Fayetteville, N.C./Jack Britt) took home Second Team honors.
This is the first time in program history the Dukes have placed two players on the All-State First Team and the three honorees ties with the 2007, 2009 and 2010 teams for the third most in the 10-year history of the team. Liberty led all teams with five selections while Radford was second with four honorees. JMU tied with Longwood and Virginia Tech with three selections each and Norfolk State and Virginia rounded out the 22 player All-State teams with two choices each.
After earning second team honors in 2010, Burnham moved up to the first team by posting one of the best offensive seasons in school history. She was a First Team All-CAA selection and a First-Team NFCA All-Region selection after hitting .365 with 44 runs scored and 32 RBIs. The third-year Duke appeared in all 52 games to extend her consecutive games started streak to a school-record 160 games while adding 12 doubles, five triples, 13 home runs and 26 walks for a .452 on-base percentage and a .724 slugging percentage. She set single-season school records for home runs, on-base percentage and slugging while putting up top five numbers in runs, RBIs, walks and triples.
In the field she added 89 putouts and 125 assists against just 10 errors for a .955 fielding percentage.
Butler also adds a First Honor in 2011 to go with her Second Team selection in 2010. She was a Second Team All-CAA selection after leading the league with a .371 batting average and adding 34 runs, 23 RBIs and 12 walks. She had five doubles, two triples, one home run, 19 steals, three sacrifice bunts and one sacrifice fly for Madison. Her 19 steals is the second most in school history for a single season. In CAA play, the sophomore hit .413 with 13 runs, two doubles, one triple, one home run and 12 RBIs.
Sandy adds Second Team All-State honors to her First Team All-CAA and CAA All-Rookie selections. She appeared in 50 games, starting 47 and hit .279 with 21 runs, 11 RBIs and eight walks. She added seven doubles, one home run, eight sacrifice bunts and six steals. Defensively, the first-year Duke committed just six errors while recording 52 putouts and 119 assists for a .966 fielding percentage. In conference play, Sandy hit .345 with three doubles, eight runs scored and six RBIs.
Longwood’s Brooke Short was named the VaSID State Player of the Year while her teammate Briana Wells picked up Pitcher of the Year honors. They were both coached by Kathy Riley, the VaSID Coach of the Year while Virginia Tech shortstop Dani Anderson was named the Rookie of the Year.
2011 VaSID Player of the Year: Brooke Short, Longwood
2011 VaSID Pitcher of the Year: Briana Wells, Longwood
2011 VaSID Rookie of the Year: Dani Anderson, Virginia Tech
2011 VaSID Coach of the Year: Kathy Riley, Longwood
VaSID All-State First Team
C – Betty Rose, Virginia Tech
1B – Courtney Liddle, Virginia Tech
2B – Nichole Beall, Radford
3B – Ashley Bensinger, Liberty
SS – Ashley Burnham, James Madison
OF – Jasmine Butler, James Madison
OF – Giannina Cipolloni, Virginia
OF – Nichole Simmons, Longwood
DP/UTL – Brooke Short, Longwood
P – Jackie Jenkins, Radford
P – Briana Wells, Longwood
VaSID All-State Second Team
C – Keely McMillon, Liberty
1B – Stephanie Harris, Virginia
2B – Kelly Strickland, Liberty
3B – Caitlin Sandy, James Madison
SS – Dani Anderson, Virginia Tech
OF – Meredith Crisante, Liberty
OF – Jeanette Sauceda, Norfolk State
OF – Danielle Wright, Norfolk State
DP/UTL – Taylor Cunningham, Radford
P – Stephanie Dameron, Radford
P – Katrina Johnson, Liberty
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